FIVE YEARS AGO

Nearly 1 in 3 voters turned out for this year’s August primary elections.  Amendments #1 and #7 were hot items this year with Scotland Countians saying no to both the Right to Farm bill and the highway sales tax.

A pair of amendments did gain support however.  Amendment #5 providing state constitutional protection of the right to keep firearms earned 711 votes to only 250 no votes.  Additionally, Amendment #9, which provided constitutional protection for privacy rights, was backed locally by 715 voters to just 211 in opposition.

Amendment #8 passed marginally with 497 voters saying yes to creating a lottery to support veterans and 463 voting no.

TEN YEARS AGO

Neither rain, nor sleet, or snow is supposed to slow down the mail, but unsafe building conditions are impacting postal service in the Arbela area.

The Arbela Post Office was closed Thursday, July 30th under an Emergency Suspension according to Valerie L. Hughes, Corporate Communications officer for the United States Postal Service’s St. Louis office.  The closer was made due to health and safety concerns within the post office building, which is leased by the USPS from a private owner.

The rural carrier and delivery operations for Arbela are being moved to the Wyaconda post office and the Arbela Postmaster, Kathy Anderson is serving as the Officer in Charge from the Rutledge post office.

While the opportunity to repair the Arbela office has not been ruled out, Hughes indicated the closer could be permanent.

20 YEARS AGO

In a move that is sure to generate plenty of controversy among young people in the community, the Memphis City Council cracked down on two of the most popular forms of entertainment, rollerblading and skateboarding with unanimous approval of Ordinance 832.

The ordinance bans the use of rollerblades or skateboards on the sidewalks in the business district.  Individuals will still be able to use the sidewalks in non-commercial districts but will be required to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and must give an audible warning before overtaking and passing a pedestrian.

The new ordinance also addressed several safety concerns.  The ordinance mandates the use of helmet, kneepads, and elbow pads for all individuals using a skateboard or rollerblades.  Any individual riding after dark must also be wearing reflective clothing that is visible at 600-feet distance.

Any person found in violation of the new ordinance will be subject to a fine between $10-$50 as well as at risk of having the rollerblades or skateboarding equipment impounded for a period of up to 30 days.

30 YEARS AGO

The Omicron Theta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority in Memphis recently purchased 18 kickboards for the Memphis Swimming Pool and the Red Cross lessons.

Omicron Theta is a nonprofit organization, with a total of 13 members at the present time.  They provide funds for various needs in the community including the “”Adopt-a-Child” promotion during Christmas holidays.  This project has been well accepted in Memphis with several children’s Christmas mornings being an exciting time that otherwise might not be.

Funds for the Omicron Theta Chapter projects come from working annually at the Dog, Gun, and Flea Market Food Stand in Rutledge.

40 YEARS AGO

The Memphis Swimming Pool was closed Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of last week to allow for installation of a new slide donated by Dale Rood, Harold Davis, Jr., SCORE, and Phillip Cone.

However, on Wednesday night, a person or person climbed over the pool fence and used the slide which had just been set in fresh concrete and needed 72 hours of drying time.  This caused the pool to remain closed for an additional day after the concrete was replaced and the drying time started over.

The pool reopened Sunday, with a large crowd and a long line waiting in turn to use the new slide.

50 YEARS AGO

Some eighty were in attendance at the annual Ladies Day hosted by ladies of the Memphis Country Club, on Friday.

Breakfast was held at 8 a.m. with seven flights of golf following.

Luncheon, served by the V.F.W. Auxiliary, was held at the V.F.W. Hall at 1 p.m. and Bridge followed the luncheon.

Velma Ellicott of Memphis, received the over-all low prize for Golf and Carolyn Rose the over-all high in Bridge.  Vera Turner received the over-all low for putts.

Other winners known locally were Maxine Palmer, high in Bridge, from Memphis; Madeline Boucher, high in Bridge from Kirksville; Mary Jo Kelley, low in Golf from Keokuk; and Sue James, low in Golf from Memphis.

60 YEARS AGO

The Pancake Day held on the courthouse lawn Thursday by the Memphis Retail Merchants Association fed some 1200 pancakes free to those dropping by.  Sausages were sold as a side dish by a troop of Boy Scouts and Merchants of Memphis furnished the rest of the materials needed.

At 9 a.m. around 86 horses of trail-riding clubs, including Azen-Brock Rural Rough Riders, Kahoka Fox River Out-Laws, Wyaconda Trail Blazers; and Colony Rainbow Riders took part in a parade around the square.  Aunt Jemima was also here and rode around the parade in a convertible.

70 YEARS AGO

At the meeting of the Democratic County Central Committee held at the court house Saturday, John W. Barker of Mt. Pleasant Township, was the choice of the committee for the position of Presiding Judge of the Scotland County Court to succeed Judge Lewis Fender, who died at his home in Memphis on Sunday, July 24.

The recommendation of the committee was sent to Governor Forrest smith.

Mr. Barker received a telegram from Governor Smith yesterday of his appointment and is in Memphis today to be sworn in if his commission from Jefferson City arrives today.

Mr. Barker is a substantial, well-known citizen and a loyal Democrat and the appointment will meet with the approval of all.

90 YEARS AGO

A number of people who use the road east of the D. M. Lough farm, three miles east of Memphis, now use the new road, although it has not been received by the state.

The main grading is all done and workmen have been smoothing the road up the past week, getting it ready to turn over to the state.  The road is still used, but many people are trying out the new road around south of the railroad track, east of the Lough farm.

This road will probably be received in a few days by the state, then the detour signs will all be taken down and the road maintained by the highway department.